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HRV or something else?

Hi, it's an old topic I know, but I can't find recent forums and was hoping to start this up again, with updated info from users on this hot topic....we are looking at installing an HRV system. I liked the ...
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17 Feb 18 02:35 PM - By RBinWelly
17 Feb '18 02:35 PM
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Help retrofitting external wall insulation

Hi all I have a house from the ~1940's and want to put external wall insulation in. I've heard some differing opinions on methods, and I want to do it right the first time. I will be doing it from inside. ...
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15 Feb 18 09:46 AM - By Nuzzie
15 Feb '18 09:46 AM
By Nuzzie
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Natural Flow Systems, any experiences good or bad?

We are relocating a house onto a 5 acre section and need to get a septic system fitted. We want to be as sustainable as possible so definately don't want a powered system, and ideally want to our grey water ...
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14 Feb 18 08:16 PM - By MrCat
14 Feb '18 08:16 PM
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UK bricklayer

Hi all. I'm relatively new over here and trying to get to get to grips with how things are done! A lot of my work in the uk was plastering ie rendering and skimming, which doesn't seem to happen here ...
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13 Feb 18 11:24 AM - By Welsh brickie
13 Feb '18 11:24 AM
By Welsh brickie
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Enclosing a veranda. Can it be classed as a bedroom?

Hi all, first post. If I have a veranda, I'm aware it can be enclosed without needing consent. My question is, can this be used as a bedroom, as internal walls, doors, fixtures etc also do not need consent. Can't ...
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09 Feb 18 05:39 PM - By Josephevanrussell
09 Feb '18 05:39 PM
By Josephevanrussell
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Magroc Insulfound (Magnesium oxide board) Issues: Rotting, Decaying etc

Hi, I have Magroc Insulfound on my foundation slab. The slab has been down for a few months now as I have a delay in getting onto the framing. The Magroc Insulfound has well and truly rotted away. Has anyone else ...
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30 Jan 18 10:00 PM - By rm3
30 Jan '18 10:00 PM
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Home heating & insulation options - Canterbury

Hi there We are building a 245m2 single storey home in inland Waimakariri region (temperature range -7 to 30ish). We have young kids so good heating/insulation is a priority within our budget Key features of house: Open living with polished concrete floors, north facing ...
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24 Jan 18 10:04 PM - By SBQ
24 Jan '18 10:04 PM
By SBQ
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Hot water heat pump calculations

Hi All, I have just purchased a hot water heat pump from aquafire. Originally the model was a 'matchbox' (5.8kw) but since then we've been looking at a 'super matchbox unit (8 kw output). What I want do is install an underfloor heating ...
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22 Jan 18 01:52 PM - By JeffKing
22 Jan '18 01:52 PM
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Timber Framed windows painted black?

Hi there wondering if anyone has had experience with modern timber windows being painted black? Will be lots of north and western sun exposure and concerned that the darker colour might exacerbate weathering/warping over time but not sure if this ...
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18 Jan 18 09:48 PM - By SBQ
18 Jan '18 09:48 PM
By SBQ
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Azzuro Solar Hot Water Systems

In March 2007 we had to replace our aging hot water cylinder and decided to take the opportunity to install a solar hot water system. After exploring the options, we followed the path to install an Azzuro system with ...
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13 Jan 18 08:26 PM - By Nosivad
13 Jan '18 08:26 PM
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Pukeko Hollow

hi i am really interested in viewing your property. I am a housing coordinator and wish to learn more about straw bale. if there is any chance that i can view and talk more about your house please ...
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11 Jan 18 01:15 PM - By Clee
11 Jan '18 01:15 PM
By Clee
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Warranties Act Sale and Purchase agreement

Hi All, Just after some quick and hopefully helpful advice for the daughter and will try and keep it simple - they had some work done on the property in 2015 and used a LBP and understood they didn't need ...
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10 Jan 18 05:45 PM - By paulstevo
10 Jan '18 05:45 PM
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How to build using shipping containers and avoiding building or planning consents?

Hello everyone, We live in Auckland and are keen to downsize and own a home mortgage-free. I want to buy 2 x 40ft shipping containers and get them welded together. I found a company called Addis that can do this for ...
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05 Jan 18 02:24 AM - By corlene
05 Jan '18 02:24 AM
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Rubbish

This is why this country will continue to have problems with leaking homes. When the so called 'establishment' give an awards to a piece of rotting s....t like this. I have no time for idiots who buy crap like this and ...
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03 Jan 18 12:47 PM - By Gregmes
03 Jan '18 12:47 PM
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Best ICF option?

Hi, I am investigating using ICF for my new home in Auckland as it is next to a noisy motorway and ICF seems to be one of the best options for "soundproofing" a house economically. I am wondering if anyone ...
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27 Dec 17 09:09 PM - By ClarkMills
27 Dec '17 09:09 PM
By ClarkMills
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we want to build a cheap house ourselves

I have just bought 7 hectres of land in Kaiwaka New Zealand, with half of it in covented bush. I am trying to get info and ideas on what type of house we could build that is cheap to ...
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24 Dec 17 01:26 AM - By Beebop
24 Dec '17 01:26 AM
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Is there a practical way to beef up airtightness & insulation in a stick & fluff build?

If it turns out I can't build with SIPS, are there ways to improve a standard stick and fluff building envelope? For example: thicker studs and thicker fluff, insulated slab, thermally broken windows... Wouldn't these factors alone improve the buildings performance ...
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23 Dec 17 11:19 PM - By SBQ
23 Dec '17 11:19 PM
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Weathertight Windows and Doors

HI Has anyone used Weathertight Windows and Doors in Dunedin for retrofitting double glazing? Their website says, " Manufactured in New Zealand using Deceuninck Zendow profile, the worlds leading supplier of UV resistant window and door systems." Any feedback ...
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18 Dec 17 01:49 PM - By VCNZ
18 Dec '17 01:49 PM
By VCNZ
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Eco Friendly Concrete Sealer ?

We got the concrete floor for our new house poured. There has been some pigments added to make it darker. We would like to use an 'healthy' sealer for the floor, but the information out there is rather 'light'. Some ...
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16 Dec 17 08:36 PM - By North
16 Dec '17 08:36 PM
By North
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underfloor heating with concrete slab

how thick should the slab be for underfloor heating and what type of piping is used for wetback to underfloor and what kind of pump?
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12 Dec 17 10:29 AM - By Captron
12 Dec '17 10:29 AM
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Louver windows and passive design/ air tightness

Hi all, we are starting to design our new house with passive design principles in mind. We are up-spec'ing insulation and choosing high performance windows/ frames, have a great thermal mass providing concrete floor throughout with underfloor and perimeter insulation- ...
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10 Dec 17 03:11 PM - By Peter_H
10 Dec '17 03:11 PM
By Peter_H
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YTong v Hebel Blocks

Are there any benefits of one over the other with the New Zealand supplies of 200mm blocks from YTong or Hebel? I know they are the same parent company and one comes from China whereas the other comes from Australia but ...
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08 Dec 17 09:48 PM - By Bosworthstone
08 Dec '17 09:48 PM
By Bosworthstone
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Lime Products supply

Hi, Does anyone know of a South Island supply of NHL mortars / Lime Putty / or coloured lime renders? The sort of thing that St Astier produce in Europe? Graymont (formerly Taylors and MacDonalds produce Hydrated lime only AFAIK). ...
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07 Dec 17 07:33 PM - By Stewart Plaster Hamilton, Ltd.
07 Dec '17 07:33 PM
By Stewart Plaster Hamilton, Ltd.
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Magroc, designs, costs

Hi We are looking a building new home with magroc external walls and roof. We have a house plan in mind as we've walked through a home with the layout. We don't want to spend a lot of money before getting ...
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26 Nov 17 08:21 PM - By GP DESIGN
26 Nov '17 08:21 PM
By GP DESIGN
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Subdivision

Hello We are wanting to build a property at the back of my parents place. Just found out the kiwisaver grants/withdrawals can only be used when purchasing land to build on and not simply towards the costs of building a ...
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22 Nov 17 04:20 PM - By TA
22 Nov '17 04:20 PM
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